Archive: Around Town

Studio Visit with Rebeca Raney

Rebeca Raney of Raneytown

 

We were thrilled to be invited to a studio visit at Rebeca Raney’s this weekend. Her work is prominently displayed and for sale at Babesta – from her signature llamas to the subtle and naive black and white illustrations of sweet girls, some looking like familiar Raggedy Ann type dolls. The RISD graduate has made quite a splash on the art scene, already collaborating with Madewell for a line of product and cultivating over a million followers on Pinterest as Raneytown.

Raneytown sculpture and painting

Some of the most exciting things we got to see at the studio were her hand embroidered sculptures. Her embroidery is stunning and, having an adorable little girl herself, she invited kids & adults to touch all of her soft sculptural works. For sure, art is meant to be experienced.

She also showed a lovely alphabet book, something she did back at school many years ago, with an illustration standing for each letter. With K for kissing and W for whisper and ephemeral illustrations of ghosts and zephyrs, it’s a lovely compilation of her works in black and white, some with color. Many had stood the test of time, shy of one she said she’d never do again. “The owl,” she notes, adding that the market had overdone the wise forest creature.

View more art at Babesta or visit Raney’s installation at Babesta Cribz, 56 Warren Street, NYC 646 290 5508. Inquire about available works.

Read more about Raney’s Xtreme Playdate at Babesta and view her works.

Time to Make Music! Fete de la Musique

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Get out your instruments New York, it’s Fete de la Musique! Tomorrow, June 21, New Yorkers, Parisians and music lovers in many other cities will be celebrating the annual event, started in France in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture. Today, the summer holiday takes place in over 100 countries. There will be free concerts in Central Park, part of the Summer Stage, including M and Emilie Simon. Admission is first come first served ad free! 

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Don’t know M & Emilie Simon? Check out their music here!

1-       By Mathieu Chedid “ Je Dis Aime

2-       By Mathieu Chedid “ La Seine

3-      By Emilie Simon “Dreamland

4-      By Mathieu Chedid “Mojo

5-      By Emilie Simon “Fleur de Saison

Weekend Pick: Kara Walker The Subtlety at Domino Sugar Factory

kara walker the subtletyLast weekend we hit this amazing large scale art installation by Kara Walker, best known for her silhouette art, and had to share. It smells as sweet as sugar and is as impressive as it is a moving commentary on race. You do have to sign a release to go in and the queue can be a bit long (but moves fast and there are italian ices to keep things cool) — but you will certainly be taken by the message behind the art, the scale, as well as bold shapes and confections used that interact with the environment, melting and morphing daily until July 6 when it closes.

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After that the well positioned Sugar Factory is said to be demolished to make way for condos.

Check out the video here: http://creativetime.org/projects/karawalker/

 

In the Fold: Origami Art this summer at Cooper Union

Origami at Cooper UnionIn vogue this summer: Origami! Cooper Union, the site of the first origami exhibit in the U.S. 55 years ago, is featuring Surface to Structure: Folded Forms, an exhibition of 120 works of art by 80 origami artists, curated by Uyen Nguyen. We’re excited.

Here’s one to whet the appetite! Running June 19-July 4. Nguyen is currently raising funds on Indiegogo to cover shipping and exhibition expenses for this free presentation.

 

 

Our Tribeca Film Festival Inspiration!

tribeca film festivalWe’re inspired by the movies this week as the area is bustling with Tribeca Film Festival activities! Meet ya at the movies!

1. Limo by Oeuf NYC, for easy transport to premieres! 2. Hollywood ready starlet jumpsuit  by NuNuNu 3. Paparazzi repellants by Sons + Daughters 4. T-shirt homage to 3-D flicks by Milk on the Rocks 5. Darth Vader & Son book 6. Saturday Night Fever goes feline with La Miniatura.

Babesta will be at the Family Festival this Saturday! Be sure to stop by and say hi on Greenwich Street!

 

Over Easy? The Fabrege Big Egg Hunt is on til April 17th.

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Here’s a great weekend pick! Download the app and hit the city – all five boroughs to find the artist decorated eggs ‘hidden’ all over. Just check in to “find” them – there are 275 giant eggs out there!  It’s the first year this event has been held in New York – let’s show ‘em how it’s done. The egg-stravaganza sponsored by uber egg purveyor Fabrege features eggs by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Zaha Hadid and Julian Schnabel. When it’s all said & done the eggs will be  auctioned off at Sotheby’s, with proceeds going to  Elephant Family and Studio in a School. Happy hunting!

pictured: Egg designed by Martin Handford, creator of Where’s Waldo. (AP Photo/HL Group, Maverick Inman) The Associated Press

Join us at the Tribeca Family Festival

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 12.29.37 PMMark your calendars for April 26 is this year’s family festival in Tribeca. This amazing outdoor fair features a wide array of free activities and performances, as well as lots of food & wares from the local community. We’ve been going for nearly seven years, and it never fails to be an awesome day!

Some highlights this year include a film making experience with  Tribeca Studios backlot where you get to perform in front of a green screen,  a live chef demonstration from a local restaurant, kite flying, video game playing in the Games for Change Public Arcade, and my personal favorite, making life-size bubbles in the Bubble Garden. There are tons more arts & crafts and more going on all day. There are also free screenings!

We can’t wait to see you there! We’ll be somewhere along Greenwich street so please pop in and say hi! We’ll be tweeting & instagraming throughout the day and we’re hoping to have some special new things, not seen in store yet, just for our booth!

 

 

To Do in NY: Street Art Exhibit at MCNY

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We’re totally excited about the exhibit City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York going on now. The robust art collection of street artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) is on display until July 27th, and it’s something to see. Wong, who was a noted East Village artist, had amassed a collection of his contemporaries’ work in the 70s and 80s, including art by Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lady Pink, Futura 2000 and more. His collection, as well as Wong’s own work, much of which has never been seen, will be on display at this encyclopedic exhibit of street art styles and techniques. The show is a celebration of urban self-expressionism, housed in the lovely and bite-sized Museum of the City of New York, strategically located right next to Central Park at 103rd. Runs February 4–July 27, 2014.

Shown: A-OneThe Spirit of the Soul (1989), Keith Haring artwork, Keith Haring Foundation; City as Canvas (Rizzoli). Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of

 

 

Musical Subway Turnstiles? We’re all for ‘em!

I’m an avid subway rider – it’s the easiest way to get around this city (and I don’t totally understand the bus system). When I read in NY Mag about one intrepid creative’s  (none other than LCD Soundstystem’s former frontman, James Murphy) concept of adding some music to the turnstile, I got excited. I remember seeing the piano stairs in the past and other such concepts, and love the idea of bringing a little fun and something unexpected to a rote ride uptown. Like wind chimes for people…Come on MTA, lighten up & let the music play! Read about James Murphy & the musical subway in NY Mag.

Kids envision an underground park in NYC – “Lowline” at Mark Miller Gallery

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We thought it  was a super cool idea–an underground park–in NYC.It’s the kind of thing a kid could really sink his or her creative juices into-imagining underground pools and mazes, lights and (gulp) animals. And a bunch of lucky middle schoolers got just that chance! Until March 9, students’ fantasy parks, with 3-d modeling, are on display at Mark Miller Gallery sponsored by the Young Designers Program. The Lowline is a proposal for an underground park underneath Delancy Street. Read more about it on Coolhunting or visit Mark Miller Gallery. via Coolhunting.